AAA Travel Tips / Budget Friendly Orlando

Budget Friendly Orlando

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By AAA Travel Editor Sherry Mims
September 13, 2018
“Budget” and “Orlando” are terms that can make sense together if you plan ahead when you visit Orlando. Consider experiencing a few affordable theme park offerings and then heading to local attractions that are both easy on your wallet and fun things to do.
This world-class museum features works by Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as selected artists. Exhibits include his renowned Tiffany Chapel and daffodil-detailed columns from Laurelton Hall, Tiffany's Long Island estate.
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The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Winter Park, Florida
(407) 645-5311
If you want a world-class experience at a good price, you can find one in nearby Winter Park. The museum features a sizable collection from Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as other well-known artists and sculptors. Highlights include the colorful reconstructed chapel and daffodil-detailed columns moved from Laurelton Hall, Tiffany’s onetime estate in Long Island, New York.
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Downtown Disney, Disney Springs, Shopping, Lake Buena Vista
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Disney Springs®
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
(407) 934-7781
Though there’s plenty you could spend money on here, you’ll want to enjoy the ambience and only browse if you want to conserve cash. With numerous stores and restaurants in four “neighborhoods,” this entertainment hub remains a fun place to go. In The Ganachery, you might even receive a free sample of chocolate.
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Lake Eola Park
Orlando, Florida
(407) 246-4484
Locals love the City Beautiful’s downtown park. It’s the place to play with your dog, hang out with friends or take a break. In addition to the large fountain, sculptures dot the park and add interest. Check out the Walt Disney Theater, where the rainbow-colored Walt Disney Amphitheater hosts occasional events.
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Orlando Loch Haven Park is a cultural destination. It features The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Repertory Theatre and more. One unconventional attraction, "The Mayor," is one of the oldest and biggest oak trees in Central Florida.
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The Mennello Museum of American Art
Orlando, Florida
(407) 246-4278
On a pleasant day, you’ll want to lounge on an Adirondack chair by the cultural institution's sculpture garden. Though there are many attractions within Orlando Loch Haven Park, you’ll want to save money by hanging out by the sculptures and visiting another interesting landmark, the Mayor, a large oak tree out front that’s thought to be one of the oldest in Central Florida.
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This Universal Orlando resort features retro décor and lots of amenities. Highlights include Jack LaLanne-themed fitness center, a lazy river and upstairs bowling alley.
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Orlando, Florida
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(407) 503-4000
If you must stay on-site at an Orlando theme park, check out one of Universal’s more moderately priced Orlando resorts. The fun retro décor is as much a draw as the activities, which are considerable. You can exercise in the Jack LaLanne-themed fitness center, float down the lazy river or play a game in the upstairs bowling alley (for a small fee). There’s also a shuttle to Universal CityWalk™, where you can shop, dine or enjoy nightlife if you choose.
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